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As Syrian deaths mount, world’s ‘responsibility to protect’ takes a hit: experts

Europe, Middle East

As Syrian deaths mount, world’s ‘responsibility to protect’ takes a hit: experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to the world’s responsibility to protect populations under threat?

The Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Security Council were established after World War Two to maintain peace and protect people in conflict zones.

But a 21st-century U.N. doctrine called Responsibility To Protect (R2P), set up by the world body’s member states to prevent mass killings, has only had limited success.

 

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